Our churches and homes need men willing to follow the path of godliness no matter what the cost. This inspiring, popular book has been speaking to the hearts of men for the past 10 years, and its words are still relevant. Using engaging illustrations, scriptural wisdom, practical suggestions and study questions, Kent Hughes offers a frank biblical discussion on major areas of Christian manhood: family, godliness, leadership, ministry and more. This newly revised edition is for every man who wants to know what it means to be a Christian in today's world.
The author illustrates importance of discipline in spiritual matters in the first chapter:
We will never get anywhere in life without discipline, be it in the arts, business, athletics, or academics. This is doubly so in spiritual matters. In other areas we may be able to claim some innate advantage. An athlete may be born with a strong body, a musician with perfect pitch, or an artist with an eye for perspective. But none of us can claim an innate spiritual advantage. In reality, we are all equally disadvantaged. None of us naturally seeks after God, none is inherently righteous, none instinctively does good (cf. Romans 3:9-18). Therefore, as children of grace, our spiritual discipline is everything - everything!
“Just when we think we are the safest, when we feel no need to keep our guard up, to work on our inner integrity, to discipline ourselves for godliness — temptation will come!” (Page 24)
“And, brothers in Christ, spiritual discipline frees us from the gravity of this present age and allows us to soar with the saints and angels.” (Page 17)
“First, in today’s world and Church, disciplined Christian lives are the exception, not the rule.” (Page 15)
“The mind controlled by lust has an infinite capacity for rationalization.” (Page 25)
“Men, we must understand that David would never have given more than a fleeting glance to Bathsheba if he could have seen the shattering results. I believe with all my heart that few, if any, would ever stray from God’s Word if they could see what would follow.” (Pages 26–27)
Discipline is a subject which the Scriptures say much - but contemporary authors have been peculiarly silent. Kent Hughes fills a gaping void with this superb volume... If there is a spark of spiritual desire in your soul, this book will surely kindle it into a blazing passion for godly discipline.